On Being with Krista Tippett is a Peabody and Webby award-winning public radio program and podcast that takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human? And how do we want to live? From science to religion, the environment to the arts, Krista and guests explore meaning, faith, and ethics amid the changes that define 21st century cultural life.
The second in a four-part series, "The American Consciousness." After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now - a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.
Krista Tippett's Journal
"In recent years, she's delved into the fact that children in every language and culture studied by linguists have huge animal vocabularies. She's puzzling, these days, over what that says about us as human beings. … Alone among the creatures, as Jean Berko Gleason puts it, we are able to reflect, to be conscious of ourselves, and to comment on that."